Port Blair: Altogether 79 deaths due to HIV-AIDS were reported since 1992 in Andaman and Nicobar islands, an official of the A & N AIDS Control Society (ANACS) said.
As per official records 79 people ? 66 Indians and 13 foreign nationals - perished in the attack since 1992, the ANACS said today.
Sharing the combined data since 1992 to Oct 2015, the official said 573 HIV+ve positive cases have been detected in these islands till date which include 369 Indians and 2014 foreign nationals.
Also blood samples of 287498 persons - 283557 Indians and 3941 foreigners - were tested at different ICTCs during the period, he said.
In this year itself, 19 HIV positive cases were reported of which, 16 are of Indians and 3 foreign nationals (Myanmarese poachers), the official said.
The tests were conducted in Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres located in different parts of the islands.
He said 21303 of the total blood samples tested are of Indian nationals, while 497 blood samples were of foreign nationals in this year.